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Reviews from Week Two

Kristy's Great Idea

Kristy's Great Idea by Raina Telgemeier

Baby-sitters Club Graphic Novel, Book 1

This was a awesome graphic novel on how Kristy's great idea created the baby-sitters club! — Review by Somerset1

Green Eyed Monster

Green Eyed Monster by Carolyn Keene

Nancy Drew, Girl Detective Series, Book 39
Nancy Drew, Eco Mystery Trilogy, Book 1

This book was full of surprises and mystery. For example, who was the person / thing taking all the luggages, a dog, and drugging the driver on their vacation in Costa Rica? It was full of scary twists that make you want to read more! — Review by Somerset1


Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Hunger Games Series, Book 3

As the rebels planned Katniss was rescued by them after she destroyed the arena in the Quarter Quell. Unfortunately, Peeta wasn't. Katniss is the mockingjay for the rebels and is key for the upring leading to the fall of the President Snow and the Capitol. Since Katniss won't give up helping the rebels, Snow hijacked Peeta and transformed his memories of Katniss into evil ones so that he will no longer feel the love for her as he did before. Katniss is heartbroken at the sight of him wanting to kill her but instead of breaking apart, she uses this to her advantage by staying strong but really she feels like giving up but she won't give Snow the pleasure of seeing her cry. She only wants to see the look on his face when she kills him. — Review by shiuli_k


Divergent by Veronica Roth

Divergent Series, Book 1

Beatrice Prior is supposed to be selfless because she was born into Abnegation. But she believes that her future doesn't lie in Abnegation doing selfless acts her entire life. At the age of 16 everyone has to choose which 'faction they want to spend the rest of their lives in. Abnegation is for selfless people. Amity is for those who love nature and art. Erudite is for smart and intelligent people. Dauntless is for reckless and brave people and Candor is for honest people. Beatrice chooses Dauntless but she realizes that she can't just have one specific trait that describes her. She has many. She's a mixture of Abnegation, Dauntless and Erudite. This is because Beatrice isn't like the others. Beatrice is Divergent. — Review by shiuli_k

The Outsiders

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Ponyboy Curtis (yea that's his name) is a greaser- a low classed citizen, the opposite of a Soc/Social. They have despised each other since anyone can remember and there's always a fight between the two classes. When his best friend Johnny dies, Ponyboy decides enough is enough and writes a book to tell everyone about his experiences and that they should all learn from them. — Review by shiuli_k

War Brothers

War Brothers by Sharon E. McKay

This book is about a country in Africa, Uganda and child soldiers. The unthinkable happens to innocent Ugandan schoolchildren when they get kidnapped to be child soldiers and kill Ugandan civilians for no reason. — Review by shiuli_k


Shattered by Eric Walters

This novel is about a rich boy Ian who has to volunteer at a soup kitchen to earn his 40 hours of community service. He begins to regret his decision when he finds out what a soup kitchen actually is. It's where he has to serve food to the homeless. But as Ian spends more time there he learns everyone's stories and how being homeless was never their idea. He even met a former peacekeeper Sergeant Jacques as he retold his experiences during the Rwandan genocide. Working at the soup kitchen changed Ian's perspective forever. — Review by shiuli_k

The Castle in the Attic

The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthroip

William loves his toy castle that was given to him by his nanny who has to leave to see her brother in London. Little did the little boy know that inside the castle was a whole new world just waiting to be discovered! He gets sucked in and it's up to him to save his friends from the evil wizard that haunts the world that noone knows about. — Review by shiuli_k

Lying Out Loud

Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger

This book is about a girl (Sonny) who lies a lot to make her life seem more interesting to people. Well, until Rider came along. At first he seemed like a spoiled brat and had a really obvious crush on Sonny's BFF Amy. Sonny soon developed a crush on Rider and since Amy didn't like Rider back, Sonny sort of forced her to act rude to him and direct him to Sonny. It's a great book about friendship, love and trust. — Review by shiuli_k

Dust to Dust

Dust to Dust by Melissa Walker

This is a great novel about a girl named Callie May who after being in a coma has access to another dimension. A dimension filled with ghosts - good and bad. The bad ghosts (poltergeist) want to possess Callie's body and soul to become alive and human again but with the help of her devoted friends she stands a chance against them. Otherwise Callie will forever stuck inside that dimension, and this time she won't be able to return. — Review by shiuli_k

Independent study

Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau

Testing Series, Book 2

Independent Study is the second book in the Testing series. Cia has just made it through the final test. But when one of her classmates gets redirected, Cia discovers a secret that puts her and her friends in danger. This book is full twists, turns and an event you would never see coming.— Review by Booklover74

Masque of the red death

Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

This is a chilling story about the plague and how Araby Worth has to survive despite the harsh conditions. I couldn't put it down!! :) There are many twists and turns that would leave you thinking, wow I did not see that coming. READ IT!— Review by shiuli_k

The fault in our stars

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

This is an amazing novel where Hazel, a cancer patient meets the light of her darkness- Augustus Waters. He's a cancer patient as well and is the only one who understands Hazel. The two fell in love, but from the beginning their relationship, they both knew it was doomed because Gus's cancer wasn't getting better. It's a great read and I recommend this book for anyone who likes a tragic love story.— Review by shiuli_k


Blood by Brian Azzarello

Wonder Woman Series, Book 1

It was a very cool action graphic novel with some suspense!— Review by Somerset1

Archie rockin' the world

Archie Rockin' the World by Dan Parent

Archie Series

It was an exciting book about The Archies, Josie and The Pussycats, The Bingos, and The Glads (they are all bands). Who are all taking a world tour together in India,China, Australia, the best country in the world Canada!— Review by Somerset1


Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova

It was a hilarious book about a girl and a boy who gets off with a bad start meeting each other but becomes friends (even though both of the clubs they go to hate each other)!— Review by Somerset1

Archie's campfire stories

Archie's Campfire Stories by Frank Doyle

Archie and Friends All-Stars Series, Book 25

It was a funny book filled with hilarious stories that gets the counselors and campers terrified!— Review by Somerset1

If you find me

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

A story about a girl (Carey) and her little sister (Janessa) who learn to survive in the woods and are left without a mother, Jenessa's decision to be mute and Carey to help Janessa and herself survive. But this time their mother has gone for long and its almost been 2 months! But finally someone comes by their camper and Carey realizes the man who was standing next to the woman...could it be? She learns that her mother has left her and her sister in the hands of a man who has once beaten her.....but why would her mother leave them to this man who was once her father and has abused her mother? — Review by MCTWD128

Fantastic beasts and where to find them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J. K. Rowling

Really good. — Review by Sarah P.

Breaking the ice

Breaking the ice by Gail Nall

A girl dreamed of being a figure skater.— Review by Gheedprincess


Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Love this book! It features a girl who works behind the scenes her schools plays.— Review by Somerset1


Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

It deserves 5/5 stars. Its about 2 girls that take a road trip in a car for 3 whole weeks and how they manage to survive!— Review by Somerset1


Smile by Raina Telgemeier

It was a cool story with a perspective of a girl from 6th grade to high school. I loved it ! I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes graphic novels and lots of fun!— Review by Somerset1


Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

5/5 stars. It was awesome with lots of excitement.— Review by Somerset1

Sea change

Sea change by Frank Viva

5/5 stars. It was a terrific book about a young boy that thinks that he is going to have the worst summer in Point Aconi. But it turns out that he had the best time of his life.— Review by Somerset1

Claudia and mean Janine

Claudia and Mean Janine by Raina Telgemeier

Baby-sitters Club Graphic Novel Series, Book 4

5/5 stars! It shows 2 sisters that always fight with each other from Claudia's perspective. You find out later in the book that they both are immensely jealous of each other. One is very close to her Grandmother and the other always gets good grades.They both resolve their problem at the end of the book. I would recommend this book to people who love to read fiction and heart pounding stories!— Review by Somerset1

Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter Series, Book 3

The author's use of diction is strong and appeals to the reader. The book is intriguing and interesting. I recommend this book for readers looking for a relaxing yet interesting read.— Review by pavnixchandani

Fantastic beasts and where to find them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J. K. Rowling

5 out of 5 stars! It was an excellent book about the magical creatures and the beasts in the fantastic world of Harry Potter. It also has a hilarious commentary with Ronald Wesley, Hermione Granger, Harry Potter, and Draco Malfoy.— Review by Somerset1

House of Hades

House of Hades by Rick Riordan

Heroes of Olympus Series, Book 4

This is a great novel by Rick Riordan (part of the Heroes of Olympus series). Percy Jackson and his girlfriend Annabeth Chase are stuck inside Tartarus and the only way out is through the door of Hades. Not only do they have to escape alive but they also have to close the door of Hades because as long as it's opened, monsters and even mortals are free to come back from the dead. To make things worse, the door is heavily guarded by monsters hired by Gaia herself (the evil earth goddess). It's a real page turner!! Read it to see if they'll make out alive, or if someone will be left behind...— Review by shiuli_k


Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Lunar Chronicles Series, Book 1

A mix of robots and magic. The best twisted fairy tale I've ever read. I recommend it.— Review by SeaMelodies

Jacob Two-Two meets the hooded fang

Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang by Mordecai Richler

Jacob Two-Two Series

This book is weird but good.— Review by cupcakes

The maze runner

The maze runner by James Dashner

The Maze Runner Series, Book 1

It is a very interesting book, with lots of suspense and thrilling adventures. It leaves you thinking if there really is another place in the world where all this takes place.— Review by Lisa B.

Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter Series, Book 1

This book was very interesting because there were many interesting parts in the book that kept made me read more. I had a lot of fun reading this book and I hope you get the chance to read this book.— Review by Muhammad A.

The maze runner

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Maze Runner Series, Book 1

This book was about a boy named Thomas who ends up in a mysterious place with other boys like him. He finds himself making good and bad friends. He wants to be a runner and find out how to get out of this maze. Not soon after he finds how to get out and tells the glade. Some of the boys stay behind because they think it is foolish to have everyone go out there. The boys who didn't believe that there was a way to escape. Thomas and his friends escaped and the other boys got killed by the grievers because of their poor choices. This book was very interesting because it had many different scenes that were action packed. Overall this book was really good and I would rate it 9 out of 10 stars. ( 10 is the best, 1 is the worst).— Review by Muhammad A.


Sunset by Erin Hunter

Warriors, The New Prophecy Series, Book 6

This book was amazing but it was really sad when Firestar almost died.— Review by LeafPool

Eww! What's on my shoe?

Eww! What's On My Shoe? by Nancy Krulik

George Brown, Class Clown Series, Book 11

Love to read the book.— Review by Kesian12

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Toiletman!

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Toiletman! by Nancy Krulik

George Brown, Class Clown Series, Book 17

Very nice and funny. — Review by Kesian12

And then it happened

And Then It Happened by M. & L. Wade

And Then It Happened Series, Book 1

Very very funny. — Review by Kesian12

The girl with the silver eyes

The Girl With the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts

This was a really good book.— Review by cupcakes

The girl on the train

The Girl On the Train by Paula Hawkins

This novel shows the same story of a murder from opposite perspectives. Rachel for a long time has been viewed as a useless alcoholic living with a 'friend' in her apartment. Her life went downhill from when she started drinking to solve her problems (ex-husband, etc.). Since then Tom lied to her to make it look like everything was her fault (when it was really his). The Girl on the Train is an amazing psycholgical thriller with twists and surprises at every bend and turn!!— Review by shiuli_k

Catching fire

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games Series, Book 2

This novel is the second in the Hunger Games series and is a great page turner! Katniss Everdeen (after winning the Hunger Games) has to go back into the dangerous arena again for the Quarter Quell and fight the other Victors to the death. Katniss doesn't know it yet but she is a role model for those suffering in the districts and is the face of a new rebellion. Will she survive the Quarter Quell and be there for those she loves as the Capitol comes crashing down? Read this book to find out!!!— Review by shiuli_k

Eight keys

Eight Keys by Suzanne LaFleur

This book had a lot of bullying. A girl gets bullied so much in the book. But I liked this book.— Review by cupcakes